103 years old and still fierce

Discussion in 'Range Trips & Reviews' started by monadh, Oct 22, 2020.

  1. monadh

    monadh Sapientiae Timor Domini Initium

    May 8, 2012
    It has been roughly 8 weeks since I had surgery, and I felt like going to the range. After reading @Sergeant Major 's post about his old 1911A1, I decided to take my father's 103 year old 1911 Colt to the range.

    A little over 2 years ago, I took it by John Hammond's house for him to fix a few things on it. While it was there, he fitted a new Colt barrel to it. I had taken it to the range only once since then, but today was the day.

    I set up cardboard on an almost brand new frame at 15 yards and shot it off hand at first, and then moved to shooting from a rest. Even at 103 years old, I am the limiting factor for this pistol. The target on the right was the second group shot, and the one on the left was the third and last group shot.


    For those who may not know, the first 1911s made did not have fixed sights like the later models did. The early 1911s came with fixed suggestions, and if you have ever shot one, you will know what I am talking about. The fixed suggestions will let the shooter know that he is pointing the pistol somewhere in the direction of the target, and when that happens, you then treat the trigger like it is an anvil, your finger is the hammer, and you are a blacksmith. Once you get the routine down, you're good to go.

    When I was younger I shot this pistol a lot since it was the only one I owned. My father gave it to me when I was about 14, and I did not feel the need for anything else for a long time. Shooting it today for about 15 rounds reminded me of some good times that pistol and I had together...


    Then I brought out the Zev OZ9. I had gotten the RMR right before surgery and only performed a quick zero of it. I wanted to confirm how well it had been done.

    From the first rounds, I could tell that elevation of the RMR was where I wanted it, but the windage needed to be shifted to the left. The targets are numbered in chronological order.


    The last target, the one farthest to the right, was shot off hand at 10 yards, one round per second. I think that the pistol is fairly zeroed. The RMR makes a world of difference.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2020
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  2. Dave W.

    Dave W. Well-Known Member

    Dec 22, 2019
    Looks like you had fun! Keep enjoying it.
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  3. fallenangelhim

    fallenangelhim chicken wings

    Jan 18, 2018
    So jealous of these historical guns. Thank you for sharing!
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  4. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    “Fixed suggestions” haha - love it!
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  5. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    A wonderful outing......thanks for sharing
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  6. taurn7

    taurn7 Active Member

    Nov 24, 2011
    Very nice, always cool to see these old pistols at work. Just a bit envious you got a 1911 at 14 years old.
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  7. OldCuz

    OldCuz FREEDOM IS NOT FREE Supporting Addict

    Mar 22, 2020
    I like it! Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully my son's will appreciate the one's that I leave them.
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  8. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Fixed suggestions is appropriate. Thanks for sharing, and happy you are recovering from your surgery.
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  9. Dub

    Dub born in the wrong century

    Mar 19, 2017
    Post screams of awesomeness in every sentence!!!

    Well done.

    Heal up and enjoy that fine American piece of your family history.

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  10. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    You need to buy some more guns if each kid gets one!:D
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  11. Greg M.

    Greg M. Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 6, 2020

    Kenny I’m glad you beat me to it.
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  12. Baldwin

    Baldwin Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2018
    Interesting thread! Thank you.

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